No Next Year
No Next Year
We played cricket under the lights last night, 2nd time at night. I play cricket about 4-5 times a week. I'm not that bad for an American and in our games I'm the only American playing. I think I'm one of four Americans in the world who actually plays cricket. Anyway, one of the things I love about cricket is the verbal sparring. It's humorous mainly because of the accents but also in the formality of the phrasing. Yesterday Shiv and Ashwin were arguing about a wide call. If a ball goes wide it doesn't count as one of the 6 official balls of an over but it counts as a run for the batting team. If you hit a wide it then does count as a ball and could very well result in a "no run" where you had a run because of the wide but now maybe got an out because you swung at the ball.
Whether or not to hit a wide is a part of the game... I guess, I'm not totally sure actually - I'm still learning some of the rules. But Ashwin was talking to the batter (Ashwin was the runner at the moment (holding his bat)) - the runner being one of the two guys who bats but he is not at the batting side at that moment and Ashwin is telling the batter to leave the wides alone as they are free runs. Shiv (who was on the fielding team) was stepping in and saying that the ball was not wide. Ashwin was saying it was wide but the batter hit it so the point was moot. Shiv wanted to straighten Ashwin out that the ball was not wide period. Then Ashwin told Shiv to shut-up and it got really heated and hysterical.
Ashwin (to Shiv): Shut-up.
Shiv (outrage): You watch your mouth! You will not speak to me that way!!!
Ashwin: Shut up.
Shiv: This will not be tolerated!!! I will not be talked to in this manner. I highly advise you to watch your mouth!!!
Ashwin (framing his mouth with his hands): Watch this! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
Shiv (beside himself): On this day you will be full of regret that you didn't watch your mouth I swear Ashwin. If you say shut up once more I can not guarantee your safety.
Ashwin: Shut up once more then!
Ashwin and Shiv had to be restrained. I may have added a few words. It was pretty funny though. Most of us were sitting down by then waiting for the game to resume. Shouting out things like "c'mon" or "let's play", etc. There wasn't much worry. More like boredom. It was much funnier there than it reads. It wasn't like a basketball fight where someone could actually get hurt. You know in these cricket "fights" it is never going to come to blows - ever. So the threats are pretty humorous. About 5 minutes later the two shook hands and were all chummy again.
I batted for four overs (18-24 balls) in the night game... which is pretty good for an American and damn good for me. I also bowled an over with no wides thrown or called perhaps, an out was registered and only 5 runs scored. An over with less than 1 run per ball is considered a pretty good over. One over I had last week the guy scored 24 runs (36 is the max unless you add penalties). That wasn't such a good over. The India boys let me cheat when I bowl though. My arm isn't as straight as it should be nor come over my shoulder as it should. I'm working on it. The more legal my throw though the worse it is. They said it usually took them a year or more as kids to get the knack of a legal bowl in cricket so they're letting me slide this year. Next year, since it will be my third season, they are going to start calling me on it.
***NOTE: In 2009 many of the contractors were let go from my company and I was let go as well and cricket ended**